Friday, November 14, 2008

Xuan Kong Fei Xing started around 1930?

Recently someone is spreading the unfounded information that Xuan Kong Fei Xing 玄空飞星is a school that started around 1930. His intention is to say that this relatively new school of Feng Shui does not work as some masters claim and that his practices are much more powerful. This is very poor marketing exposing his ignorance.

Probably this person can speak but not read and write in Chinese. The principles of Xuan Kong begins with the Qing Nang Jing 青囊经 given to Zhang Liang 张良 by Huang Shi Gong 黄石公 during the reign of Qin Shi Huang 秦始皇 (259 BC - 210 BC). The technique of the flying stars is well explained in the classics Xuan Kong Mi Zhi 玄空秘旨,Xuan Ji Fu 玄机赋, Fei Xing Fu 飞星赋 all published in the Song Dynasty 宋朝 (960-1279).


Sunday, November 9, 2008

Zheng Shen vs Ling Shen (3)

Earth Chart is unchanging. It is simply the Luoshu.

4 9 2
3 5 7
8 1 6

Earth Chart represents the distribution of Earth qi. It is unchanging but it is also changing in cycles. What is unchanging is the nature of qi. What is changing is the timeliness of qi.

Heaven Chart is changing with a different number placed at the center and the numbers fly forward in the Luoshu path. The central number is the "Ruling Star" - Ling Xing 令星.

What is wrong with Tan Yang Wu's treatment is that he mixes Earth qi and Heaven qi.

Next, we examine the Xian Tian Ba Gua with Hou Tian numbers:

Then we draw the Hou Tian Ba Gua together with the numbers from the above chart:

This is the Earth Chart but the numbers are from the Xian Tian Ba Gua.

In Xuan Kong Da Gua, 180 years are divided into the Upper Cycle with Periods 1, 2, 3, and 4; and the Lower Cycle with Periods 6, 7, 8 and 9. Note that the Upper Cycle consists of female trigrams while the Upper Cycle consists of male trigrams.

The Periods, however, are to be applied to the timeliness of the 64 Hexagrams for Zheng Shen and Ling Shen purposes.

In Xuan Kong Liu Fa, the eight directions are divided into two parts: SE, S, SW and W is one part while NW, N, NE and E is another part. The two parts are to represent the mountain and water locations for the Upper and Lower Cycles.

Upper Cycle: SE, S, SW, W for water; NW, N, NE, E for mountain.

Lower Cycle: NW, N, NE, E for water; SE, S, SW, W for mountain.

Feixing and Dagua are the two branches of Xuan Kong. As Feixing derives the complete charting based on 3 Yuan 9 Yun, it emphasized on Heaven qi. Dagua, on the other hand, is based on 2 Yuan 8 Yun and therefore talks about Earth qi. The former is the application while the latter is the body.

Xuan Kong Liu Fa is another method that claims to be the authentic Xuan Kong School. I will not comment on its validity here.

It is unfortunate that some people actually mix up 3 Yuan 9 Yun and 2 Yuan 8 Yun resulting in teaching that resembles an animal that is neither a donkey nor a horse 非驢非馬.


Friday, November 7, 2008

Zheng Shen vs Ling Shen (2)

Talking about Ti and Yong, we must not forget that Xian Tian (Ba Gua) is Ti while Hou Tian (Ba Gua) is Yong 先天為體,後天為用.

There is also a saying that mountain governs people while water governs wealth 山管人丁, 水管財祿. Now, since for Heaven qi, we get the direction of Zheng Shen by locating the golden dragon #5 in the Heaven Chart, while Ling Shen is the direction opposite that of Zheng Shen, then each of the nine periods has a specified direction for Zheng Shen and Ling Shen. Period 5 is divided into 10 years following Period 4 and the second 10 years following Period 6.

On the other hand, for Earth qi, we have a broader sense of the terms Zheng Shen and Ling Shen. There is no need to fly the star. The Xian Tian Ba Gua with Luo Shu numbers explain it well.

The terms Zheng Shen and Ling Shen are actually used in different ways by different schools.

What Tan Yang Wu teaches is:

For the Upper Cycle, 1234 represent Ling Shen while 6789 represent Zheng Shen.
For the Lower Cycle, 6789 represent Ling Shen while 1234 represent Zheng Shen.

For Xuan Kong Da Gua, the terms are defined just in the opposite way.

For the Upper Cycle, 1234 represent Zhen Shen while 6789 represent Ling Shen.
For the Lower Cycle, 6789 represent Zhen Shen while 1234 represent Ling Shen.

In the next episode, I will explain how each is to be used.

The funniest thing is that some people teach that during the Lower Cycle today, water should be in the N, SW, E and SE while mountain must be in the NW, W, NE and S. If water is misplaced in the directions where there should be mountain, then it will bring misfortune. This is the result of not having a good understanding of Body and Application, Xian Tian and Hou Tian.


Thursday, November 6, 2008

Zheng Shen vs Ling Shen (1)

There are confusing and contradicting teachings regarding the principle of Ling and Zheng 零正. Usually the period star according to San Yuan Jiu Yun 三元九運 is placed at the center of a nine square grid and allowed to "fly forward" to complete the Heaven chart. The location of the number 5 in the chart is considered the Ling Shen direction. The opposite direction is the Zheng Shen direction. However, Tan Yang Wu taught something different.

He said that if the number is odd, then it flies forward as odd is yang. If the number is even, then it flies backward as even is yin. This is according to the Yang forward Yin backward 陽順陰逆 principle. For example, in Period 8, this is the Heaven chart:

9 4 2
1 8 6
5 3 7

5 in the NE is Ling Shen and there should be the place for water. The opposite direction SW is the Zheng Shen direction and there should be mountain.

This is one of the interesting advocations. Stay tuned for more.